Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tech Tools Site - Check it Out!!!

Burke County ITFs have developed a Tech Tools page that has tons of resources for instructional technology. You can search by device (computer/iPad), subject, grade level, and purpose. There's also a feature in the top right corner to suggest a tool and have it added to the page. There are over 90 resources currently and it will continue to be updated as new tools are found or submitted. I hope you find this useful when searching for appropriate tools for instruction and please share with your colleagues.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Best Free Sites to Create and Share Audio

#Clyp, #Vocaroo, & #AudioPal

There are some great sites to use for recording audio and can be implemented in the classroom for many purposes.  Clyp does not require an account and will save the file for 24 hours and can be shared with a link.  You can create a free account with an email and files are saved and can be shared by link anytime.  There's also an App for IOS devices.  

Vocaroo is another site that doesn't require an account and is super easy to use.  Just go to the site, click to record, and allow microphone, and you're recording!  When finished, click to save, and there are several options to share including a link, Twitter, Facebook, Email, Google+, and many more.  An excellent feature Vocaroo has added is making your recording into a QR Code with a click.  Under the sharing options, you can click QR Code and it immediately creates your audio file into a QR Code.  Love it!

Last, but not least, is AudioPal.  It's another wonderful tool to record audio for a website or blog.  You can record by microphone, text to speech, audio file, or even phone.  The text to speech feature is great and you can choose the voice by male/female, and accent by country.  Once you've previewed your message, enter your email and address and your file will be sent to you and you can embed your audio anywhere online and your message appears instantly.  
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Quizalize- Formative Assessment Tool


Have you heard of #Quizalize?  It's a great formative assessment tool similar to others like Kahoot, Quizziz, etc.  There are over 20,000 pre-made assessments or you can easily create your own in minutes.  Quizzes can be assigned as homework or in class as a team game.  One stand out difference for Quizalize, is their new Team Game View.  Students compete against the computer in a live basketball game with famous stars like Michael Jordan, etc.  On the left side, students see a player with their name, and on the right side is the famous player.  If the student gets the answer right, the ball goes in the basket and they score.  If they get the answer wrong, the famous player scores.  There can be several students playing at the same time and viewing the game on the Smartboard.  

It is self paced but still offers a competitive feature that students really enjoy.  

Monday, April 3, 2017

Reading Bear

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Reading Bear is a free online program that introduces letter sounds and phonetic patterns.  There are 50 presentations with over 1200 vocabulary items.  Each presentation can be played as a video or a slideshow introducing one to several phonics rules.  Settings can be chosen for several features including pronunciation from slow to fast, audio/silent flashcards, and audio/silent sentences.  The program is geared toward ages 4-7 but, can be used below and above depending on needs.  Flashcards are available in PDF for download.  Another great feature is subaccounts.  After you register as a teacher, you can add subaccounts for your students so their data from quizzes will be stored in your account.  I really like his site for beginning or struggling readers.
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